While on her way to pick up her daughter at a Hockley, Texas, daycare, Juliana Farris Mazurkewicz noticed something out of the ordinary. That item was a note from the center’s owner. And once Mazurkewicz shared a snap of the message online, the post ultimately sparked a heated debate across the internet.
There’s no doubt that parenting in today’s world can be difficult. Certainly, that appears to be the conclusion reached by a 2013 study by the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, which found that those with children overwhelmingly agreed that raising their kids was harder now than it had been in the past.
And there are plenty of theories as to why moms and dads may feel that way. In a 2014 blog for the Institute of Family Studies, for example, Anna Sutherland asserted that parenting is tough nowadays because it has become a bona fide choice. Adults are no longer obligated to get married and start families in the way they have been in the past.